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  • Appeals court invalidates federal license for Conowingo Dam

    Appeals court invalidates federal license for Conowingo Dam

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court invalidated a federal license for the Conowingo Dam in Maryland on Tuesday, sending it back to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for further proceedings.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed with environmental groups that FERC exceeded its authority when it approved a […]

  • Court Challenge Rescinds Conowingo Dam Relicensing – Back to Negotiations

    Court Challenge Rescinds Conowingo Dam Relicensing – Back to Negotiations

    Michael Sanderson – December 21 A federal court decision, in a case brought by multiple environmentally-focused stakeholder groups, has invalidated the 50 year federal license extension granted to Constellation Energy to operate the Conowingo Dam. A major announcement last year on terms underpinning a generational extension of the federal operating license for Constellation’s hydroelectric dam […]

  • EPA says Pennsylvania’s pollution reduction plan for the Chesapeake Bay is still insufficient

    EPA says Pennsylvania’s pollution reduction plan for the Chesapeake Bay is still insufficient

    Baltimore Sun – By Christine Condon – Nov 21 2022 The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it has rejected Pennsylvania’s latest plan for reducing its pollution of the Chesapeake Bay, finding it falls well short of the state’s commitment. The agency forced Pennsylvania to resubmit its plan last year, warning that its first try […]

  • Pa. Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan falls short for third time, EPA says

    Pa. Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan falls short for third time, EPA says

    NOVEMBER 21, 2022 – State Impact – Photo by Ian Sterling Pa. Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan falls short for third time, EPA says Pennsylvania is still falling short in its efforts to reduce pollution flowing to the Chesapeake Bay, in spite of budgeting millions in new money for clean-up. The federal government says it will […]

  • Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration Project

    Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration Project

    The Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration Project – commonly known as Mid-Bay Island – is located in Dorchester County near what remains of James and Barren islands. It is a crucial future placement site for the DMMP, and is integral to the Port’s strategy for managing the nearly two million cubic yards of sediment that […]

  • Chesapeake leaders pledge to step up progress toward 2025 goals but admit they won’t meet them

    Chesapeake leaders pledge to step up progress toward 2025 goals but admit they won’t meet them

    Federal and state leaders currently steering a nearly 40-year effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay acknowledged this week that they will likely fall short of their longstanding 2025 cleanup deadline, now just a little more than three years away. During an Oct. 11 meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council, a senior policy-making body for the cleanup […]

  • Lawmakers tour troubled wastewater treatment plant and ponder more state help

    Lawmakers tour troubled wastewater treatment plant and ponder more state help

    By Josh Kurtz, September 22, 2022, Maryland Matters The state of Maryland and local governments in the Baltimore area have spent about $1 billion on the city’s Back River and Patapsco wastewater treatment plants over the past decade. So when Sen. Guy Guzzone (D-Howard), chair of the Budget and Taxation Committee, first heard about multiple water […]

  • New plan in place for pollution problems at Conowingo Dam

    New plan in place for pollution problems at Conowingo Dam

    Karl Blankenship, Sept 6, 2022 It has taken more than four years, but leaders in the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort say they’ve found a path forward for dealing with the added pollution stemming from Conowingo Dam. It’s a solution that could soon ramp up pollution controls in the Susquehanna River basin, which drains the Bay’s […]

  • Md. Lawmakers Check In with new Agency Leaders on Bay Cleanup Progress

    Md. Lawmakers Check In with new Agency Leaders on Bay Cleanup Progress

    July 28th, 2022 With a 2025 deadline looming for states to meet aggressive federal goals for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, members of Maryland’s congressional delegation met Wednesday on Capitol Hill with two women who will be integral parts of the public-private strategy for eradicating pollution in the nation’s largest estuary. Eight of the 10 […]

  • Water Quality Advisory issued for part of Back River

    Water Quality Advisory issued for part of Back River

    Posted on July 2 by Chris Montcalmo TOWSON, MD —The Baltimore County Department of Health has issued a water quality advisory for tidal Back River in the vicinity of Cox Park. Recent sampling in that area indicates high levels of bacteria that could prove harmful with direct contact. “In response to recent public health concerns around water […]